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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Clementine Bakery

Ayooo dudes. So G and I went to Clementine Bakery the other day! I have been meaning to get to this place since it opened in my old hood, BedStuy, about a year ago (??!) It's an entirely vegan sandwich/coffee/baked goods shop and is very welcome in the area.
As usual, G scoped the joint out earlier and directed me to their dank-ass brownies and tasty sandwiches. He had previously gotten the Schmancy sandwich and a gluten-free raspberry chocolate chip mini loaf.
I narrowed down a couple sandwich options for us to share tonight and he picked The Autumnal out of the bunch: kale, sweet potato, bbq tempeh bacon, sage aioli sauce on seeded rye bread.

I especially appreciated that the aioli was served in a cup on the side so I didn't have to ingest any of that nasty stuff. NOT a fan of mayo, vegan or not. The sandwich itself was really great. Tangy, savory, crunchy. They do tempeh well. I'm tempted to go back soon for their Reuben.
G picked a cheesecake brownie to share:

This was intense. We each ate about a third and packed it away to take home.
I also picked out a tomato-onion biscuit to eat later:

This was nice. Salty and herby. I expected sun-dried tomatoes for a more tomato-ey flavor but these were fresh and it was still pretty good, though I do prefer the one I got at Babycakes in October.
But this is a super cute shop. A small seating area, clean and sparse.


I will be back for the Reuben and to try some of their gluten-free options, all of which are clearly marked. Stick around for that.

29 comments:

  1. Oooh yum! This place sounds great! I don't think I'd ever heard of it before but it definitely sounds like a place I'd like to try. I agree about the aioli. As I've mentioned a million times I have an intense aversion to mayo so I'd be bummed about it's appearance on my plate ;) The cheesecake brownie looks AMAZING! Definitely a great choice there!

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    1. Yeah, it seems like it's pretty low-exposure but it's a shame! It's super cute.

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  2. That brownie! Uhhhlll.... Drool.... (Say it like Homer!)

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  3. There's no end to the vegan places where you New Yorkers can eat. It makes our Seattle options — of which there are many — seem so sparse. I'm especially attracted to the biscuit, and contemplating making a GF version of it.

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    1. We are pretty lucky. I'd like to see what's going on on the other side of the country, still :). The biscuit was nice and they seem like something that does well GFized.

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  4. Vegan sandwiches! I want...all the sandwiches. Also you guys have some good dessert restraint, ha ha. Looks amazing!

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    1. I want all the sandwiches too! It's so hard to choose!

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  5. Delicious! Really great shot of the sandwich in the first photo. I'm typically not a vegan mayo follower (was never a real mayo one), but I can deal with small amounts if it's mixed in. If offered on the side, I'd pass too.

    What a brownie! OMG!

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    1. Thanks, it's kinda blurry. I was excited, ha. I've eaten mayo that's already on a sandwich - a vegan BLAT - and it just seemed slimy (not to mention unnecessary because of the delicious avocado!)

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  6. I concure; mayo is the devil. I got confused by your tomato snack, though, until I remembered that biscuit means something different in America. (Biscuits are cookies in Australia.)

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    1. I've seen recipes for tomato soup CAKE but not tomato-onion cookies. That might be a stretch.

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    2. I once had tomato sorbet as a dessert that came with baby coriander (and goat's cheese, but we won't speak of that) and it was amazing.

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  7. That place is adorable! I'd happily chow down on that sandwich but I'd slather it in the aioli first!

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    1. You can have my aioli. Extra ailoi. All aioli.

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  8. My friend moved away from the area around the time Clementine moved in, so I lost my excuse to try it out; thanks for doing it for me. That sandwich looks especially drool-worthy!

    As for the aioli, I was just drafting a post about the three different times I ate variations of it in one meal.

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    1. Sad! The neighborhood is a lot of fun. When reading that you ate aioli thrice in once me, the blood rose in my ears and I kind of get faint. I don't know what it is!

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  9. That sandwich looks off the chain good (though I'd slather that aoli on myself!). Noms to the max!

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    1. Off the chain! I love that term, and it certainly was.

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  10. I'm feeling the intense jealousy. I love Mayo and especially love it more when it's called 'Aoli'.

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    1. It's an okay word, but hard to type. maybe easier than "mayo" though since my computer is missing an m key.

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  11. BROWNIE ENVY! SEND HELP! OR BROWNIES!

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    1. A brownie raft is floating yr way, edible lifevest included.

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  12. What a creative sandwich combo! If you are anti-mayo (which i respect yet disagree) then will you get the thousand island dressing on the rueben?? (Aka the key ingredient that makes the reuben awesome)
    I wish bed-sty wasnt such a haul for me to get to, looks like a great place to have in the neighborhood!
    Ttrockwood(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I think I mostly have a problem with mayo in its more unadulturated states. There's no excuse to turn down a Rueben. Though I don't think I've ever had one. I'll try it first with the sauce, and then without if need be. For science's sake.

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  13. Jealous! I have a dear friend who bakes there and I'd love to go back. We picked up a box on my first hiatus in October, and I found the danishes inexplicably thick, but the muffins were nice.

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    1. Ooh yr lucky friend! It all looked great, though I didn't see any danishes...

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  14. That looks like a really great place to go! I am getting a bit jealous that all of you American types seem to have these amazing vegan cakes available to you!! They always look so good :)

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    1. You've got plenty of stuff in England I've never heard of! It's the whole reason people take vacations, right?

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